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Using the Library

Everyone is welcome to visit the Blue Mountains Public Library, attend programs, view our collections and exhibits, and take advantage of our services, including:

public computers and free Wi-Fi
copying / scanning / faxing
mobile printing
meeting spaces
tech help

Membership at the library is required to borrow materials and request books through interlibrary loan.

If you reside or are a rate payer in the Town of the Blue Mountains, you are entitled to free access to all library services.

  • Residents / Ratepayers of the Town of the Blue Mountains: free
  • Members of the Meaford Public Library or Grey Highlands Public Library in good standing: free
  • To get a library card, visit one of our branches or apply online. You will need identification to obtain a library card.
  • Non-Residents: $75 per year for a family
  • Visitors: $10 for one month

What kind of ID should I bring in?
To apply for a resident card at the library, your identification must include your Blue Mountains address.

The Library will accept as personal identification:

Driver's Licence
Ontario Health Card
Birth Certificate
Citizenship Certificate
Military ID
In the event that the above identification does not include a current address, the following will be accepted in addition to the personal identification:

Current Hydro, Telephone, Cable, Water, Property Tax Bill, or Assessment Notice
Vehicle Registration
Government Cheque
Rental Agreement
Personalized Cheques

Your library card number is the 14 digit number that appears on the front of your card. Enter it with no spaces.

Your library card number also appears on your due date slip, whether you get a printed copy or receive an email notification.

If you are a member of the library but don't know your card number, email or call us at 519-599-3681 ext 2 and we will provide it. If you have lost your library card, we can issue you a replacement card for a $1 fee.

Search the library catalogue for print and digital books, movies, magazines, and tech gadgets.

Visit our Virtual Branch to browse all our digital resources, including research databases and digital archives.

For details on loan periods, placing holds, late charges and returning materials, see Borrowing Materials from the Library.

The Blue Mountains Public Library does not charge for materials.  We do have a cost recovery fee structure which is approved annually.  The 2019 Fees take effect on June 1 and include:

Fines & Usage Fees

  • Books…$0.25 cents/day
  • DVDs…$1.00/day
  • ILLO…$1.00/day late
  • ILLO…$5.00 for each item not picked up after 1 week
  • ILLO…Other new fines and fees will be announced for ILLO after June 1 when SOLS reinstates the program in its new format
  • Equipment Loans…$5.00/day late for 1 week and 3 day loans
  • Lost Cards...$2.00 replacement charge    
  • Non-resident User Fee...$75, temporary $10

Copy Services

  • Photocopying...BW: 25 cents per page; 50 cents for 11x 17.  Colour: 50 cents per page; $1 per page for 11x17.
  • Scanning...Scan (to email) $1.00 minimum and 25 cents per additional page. Scan (to usb) 25 cents per page. Bound documents require a booking of staff time.
  • Fax...(Local) $1 for the first page and $0.50 for following pages. (Long Distance) $2 for the first page and $1 for following pages. (Incoming) 50 cents per page

Programming Fees

  • Program Fees...Individually set based on program.
  • Fundraising Events are not cost recovery.

Museum & Archival Services

  • Museum Scans...$25 for a scan to email/usb of digital collection documents/images*. $30 for a scan to email/usb of original (non-digital) materials.  *Materials are for non-commercial personal use. Commercial use rates are by request.
  • Research Assistance…$30/hour for museum/archival research.
  • Green Screen Experience...$275 With original historical images from collection featuring your event themes and staffing.  3 hour minimum (includes set-up). 
  • Edukits...$45 a week


  • Gallery Rental...$50 for 3 hours minimum, and $15 every hour after. (No set up is provided).
  • Boardroom Rental...$25 for 3 hours minimum, and $10 every hour after. 
  • Showcase Rental...$25 per month. NOTE: A month may be calendar month or align with Gallery schedule depending on the individual Showcase.  Please request accordingly.
  • Keys...Renters who require a key to access the LES after hours will be assessed the full cost of the lock replacement should they not return the key to the Library.  
  • Afterhours CHD Requests...These are entertained on a per case basis and include a four-hour minimum at $200 when the building is closed.  For requests, contact the Library CEO

Freedom of Information        

  • Freedom of Information Request...$5.00 application. Additional fees will be assessed based on time requirements of the request.

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